– Pastor Tunde Bakare has denied a report which quoted him as saying that President Buhari has disappointed Nigerians
– Bakare made the clarifications on Thursday, February 4, on a TV programme
– The pastor said that he was misquoted by the media organizations
Pastor Tunde Bakare, the founder and general overseer of Citadel Global Community Church, has denied saying President Muhammadu Buhari has failed Nigerians.
The Nation reports that Bakare had in an Instagram live interview with the publisher of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu, on Tuesday, February 2, reportedly said the president had disappointed Nigerians.
Legit.ng gathered that the fiery pastor dismissed the report while speaking on Arise TV on Thursday, February 4, noting that media outlets quoted him wrongly.
“The truth of the matter is that was an Instagram live interview that lasted for over 2 hours and the audio and the video will be available, I’m sure the publisher of Ovation media, Bashorun Dele Momodu, can make that available to the public.
“Those headlines in the newspapers were the creation of the newspapers themselves, those were not the exact words I used. I said if I remember correctly, that the coming of President Buhari into power in 2015 was a breath of fresh air to so many people.”
He said he did not use the words ‘Buhari has disappointed Nigerians’, adding that he would not ask the papers not to sell their papers using any headline.
Bakare also noted that sometimes newspapers make their own deduction from what was spoken, insisting that what was published was not exactly or expressly spoken by him.
The pastor said:
“I choose to be moderate in all that I say. Except I have concrete facts, I do not just talk. But are Nigerians disappointed? It’s everywhere, every day. You see it in the news. When expectations are not met, people will express their frustrations. It is natural and normal.
“But that does not mean this administration has not done anything good at all and, therefore, should be consigned to the dustbin of history as a big disappointment. These were not my words, those were what the papers chose to use.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Pastor Bakare opened up when he started nursing the big dream of becoming the president of Nigeria.
It was reported that Bakare on Tuesday, February 2, revealed that he was still in secondary when he told his classmates in 1973 that he was convinced of taking over the office someday.
The outspoken pastor said as far back as in 1984, he made his intention known to Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and that even before proposing to his wife in 1982, he told her of his ambition.